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Thu
23
Jul

Arizona lawsuit seeks to block cannabis legalization ballot initiative

A group opposed to legalizing recreational cannabis in Arizona filed a lawsuit to block a ballot initiative that would regulate an adult-use market in the state.

While the legalization campaign group has gathered more than 420,000 signatures, the lawsuit claims their petition’s 100-word summary statement misled voters by leaving out key information about the initiative.

Several voters with Arizonans for Health and Public Safety, the political group opposed to legalizing cannabis, filed the lawsuit against the Smart & Safe Arizona Act in a state county court on Monday.

Thu
23
Jul

Canadian Legal Cannabis Sales Show Significant Industry Spike In May

It was already an assumption that Canada was going to have a booming, country-wide cannabis market through their legal industry, but now the numbers prove that that assumption is a reality. Retail sales reached $185.9 million Canadian dollars this past May, according to Statistics Canada. 

Thu
23
Jul

Arizona Emerges As Fierce Battleground For Marijuana Legalization

The prospect of legal marijuana in Arizona has drawn passion from advocates, opponents, and investors alike.

Just as quickly as support arose for legal recreational marijuana in Arizona, so too did opposition. The advocacy group Smart & Safe Arizona submitted more than 420,000 signatures earlier this month to put cannabis legalization on the ballot. The measure is currently in review, but only 237,645 valid signature are required to qualify.

Wed
22
Jul

Congress Approves CBD Use For Military Members

The amendment, sponsored by Tulsi Gabbard, would supersede the Defense Department’s rule banning CBD for service members.

Wed
22
Jul

California Records Fewest Felony Pot Arrests Since 1954

Law enforcement data released by the California Department of Justice reveals that in 2019 the state recorded the lowest number of felony marijuana arrests since 1954, while showing that the racial disparity at play in such arrests continues to grow. 

Wed
22
Jul

Province to take $180M hit on ending pot delivery, pickup: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario stands to miss out on about $180 million in economic activity if the province's 100-odd privately-run cannabis stores aren't allowed to provide delivery or curbside pickup services, according to estimates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. 

However, that figure balloons to nearly $1 billion in losses if that includes the additional 450 stores which are ready to open, but whose licence applications are pending approval by provincial regulator, the business group said. 

"This is coming from a time when the economy is grappling with the impact of COVID-19 measures," Daniel Safayeni, co-chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Ontario Cannabis Policy Council, told BNN Bloomberg in a phone interview.

Wed
22
Jul

Kanye West Promises Free And Legal Marijuana As President

Who knows how serious Kanye is about becoming president, but at least he wants free weed for everyone.

Kanye West is sweetening the presidential pot, so to speak. After announcing his intention to run for POTUS on July 4, the Grammy Award-winning rapper, producer and fashion designer gave his first campaign speech Sunday evening, where he detailed various policy views in his trademark free-associative (some say “rambling”) manner.

Tue
21
Jul

Bermuda: Bill to expunge some cannabis convictions

Legislation to wipe convictions for possession of small amounts cannabis off the records was tabled in the House of Assembly.

The Expungement of Convictions Act was designed to remove the stigma of past convictions for people who were caught with small amounts of the drug before it was decriminalised three years ago.

Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, said cannabis laws had penalised young black men and damage their education and job prospects.

Ms Simmons added the 2017 Misuse of Drugs (Decriminalisation of Cannabis) Amendment Act decriminalised possession of 7g or less of cannabis.

Tue
21
Jul

California weighs steep new fines to combat illegal cannabis sellers

Alarmed that unlicensed cannabis sellers continue to dominate California’s pot market, state lawmakers are moving toward imposing steep new fines on businesses that provide building space, advertising platforms and other aid to illicit operations.

Those who provide assistance to illegal pot sellers would face civil fines of up to $30,000 per day under legislation approved unanimously by the state Assembly that is now pending in the Senate. A final vote on the proposal is expected sometime after lawmakers return to Sacramento this month.

Tue
21
Jul

Will Biden Be "Slow-Mo Joe" When It Comes to Pot Legalization? Not Really

If you think the U.S. will soon legalize marijuana at the federal level, you're not alone. Canopy Growth CEO and former Constellation Brands CFO David Klein expects that it will happen in 2022. I've speculated that marijuana could be legalized nationwide as early as next year.

But could presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden be putting the brakes on the pot legalization train? Some might think so after reviewing recommendations from a task force that the former vice president formed along with Sen. Bernie Sanders. However, there's more to the story.

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